International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) is an international organisation with 18 Member States and more than 250 staff members. Active in more than 90 countries worldwide, it takes a regional approach in its work to create efficient cooperation and partnerships along migration routes. ICMPD strives for comprehensive, sustainable and future-oriented migration governance and applies a three-pronged approach: capacity building, migration dialogues, and research. Migration dialogues are successful tools to foster governmental discussions and enhance inter-state dialogue in the current debate on migration policy issues. For more information: https://www.icmpd.org/home/
The Budapest Process is an interregional dialogue on migration stretching from Europe to the Silk Routes region - also covering Europe's Eastern neighbours, the Western Balkans and Central Asia. It provides a platform for dialogue and operational cooperation for over 50 governments and 10 international organisations.The “Silk Routes project”, in brief, aims at maximising the development potential of migration and mobility within the Silk Routes region and towards major labour receiving countries. The Silk Route project also enhances migration governance and mobility and operationalises the Budapest Process through concrete initiatives such as the establishment of further Migrant Resource Centres (MRCs). For more information: https://www.budapestprocess.org/
MRCs are physical structures with multiple roles and functions. They offer programmes and services for outgoing, intending and potential migrants. They provide pre-departure briefings and one-on-one counselling, conduct information campaigns, and develop knowledge materials.
MRCs also develop modules and provide capacity building for various stakeholders (governments, academia, civil society, migrants/families, etc.). They partner with academic institutions on research, conferences and fora to mainstream migration, and conduct activities for the International Migrants Day and other relevant events or occasions related to migration.
The fundamental priorities of MRCs include:
- Improving the management of migration, including through the enhanced transparency of rules and regulations on recruitment, deployment, pre-departure, community education, etc.
- Providing clear, understandable, timely, accessible and reliable information to potential migrants that will enable them to make informed decisions on migration
- Raising awareness and providing clear information to potential migrants on the risks and dangers associated with irregular migration, trafficking of human beings, smuggling, etc.
- Establishing procedures and reinforcing administrative capacities to ensure that migrants have access to sufficient information on their rights, obligations and opportunities
- Exploring good practices on skills matching and facilitating the recognition of migrants´ professional and educational qualifications and upscaling their skills and competencies